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(26-August-2015 / Cambodia Daily)

Police in Mondolkiri Province Hunt for Suspect in Girl’s Rape Police in Mondolkiri province said Tuesday that they were searching for an unidentified man who allegedly raped a 12-year-old girl on Monday after he asked her to tend cattle with him.

(26-August-2015 / Cambodia Daily)

In Court, Lawyers Spar Over Activists’ Actions at Protest A prosecutor at the trial of opposition activist Ouk Pich Samnang yesterday asked the Phnom Penh Municipal Court to drop charges of joining a criminal association and damaging public property but keep those of obstructing authorities and intentional violence.

(26-August-2015 / Cambodia Daily)

After Arrests, Environment NGO Defends Tactics When Sam Samnang’s son decided to join the ranks of environmental NGO Mother Nature, she knew he was in for trouble.

(26-August-2015 / Cambodia Daily)

Hydro Dam Does Little for Locals, Study Finds Most families immediately downstream of Cambodia’s first major hydropower dam are worse off than they were before the project, according to a new study by U.K. researchers that urges the government to pay more attention to impacts on local residents as it gears up for a major hydropower push.

(25-August-2015 / KHT)

Poppy says Term ‘Kteuy’ is Out of Date PHNOM PENH (Khmer Times) – It is time to change the language used to refer to people who have changed their physical appearance to match their sexual identity, the most famous transgender Cambodian told Khmer Times yesterday.

The TV host, beauty pageant winner and hair salon owner known as “Poppy” said the word “kteuy” is antiquated. The term – which literally means “third sex” is often used as an insult and should be replaced, she said.

(25-August-2015 / PPP)

Arrests after baby ‘sold’ Anti-trafficking police in Phnom Penh on Sunday arrested two women in relation to the sale of an 11-month-old infant to a woman incapable of bearing her own children.

Mother To Pi Ray, 28, allegedly worked with Kong Chandy, 24, to sell her child for $800 because she claimed that after divorcing her husband she was not in a suitable position to raise the baby.

Police arrested the pair at a house in Phnom Penh’s Prampi Makara district.

Keo Thea, the chief of the capital’s Anti-Human Trafficking and Juvenile Protection Unit, said yesterday the police made the arrests after Chan Ta, the father of the child, issued a complaint on August 18.

(25-August-2015 / PPP)

New union group formed A new collective of transportation workers unions was announced on Sunday by the Cambodia Labour Confederation, Cambodia’s largest association of independent unions.

The Cambodian Transport Workers Federation (CTWF) is composed of seven transportation workers unions and currently represents about 2,000 workers, according to Ath Thorn, president of the CLC.

The seven unions represent airport workers in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Sihanoukville, along with other transportation companies, most of which are bus firms such as Sorya and Capitol Tours.

(25-August-2015 / PPP)

Bloggers forced to tread lightly Cambodia's young internet users are thinking twice before discussing politics online, say prominent bloggers, after the third case of government punitive action sparked by Facebook comments within a month.

On Saturday, student Kong Raiya, 25, was charged over a Facebook post linked to him for comments published on August 7 calling for a “colour revolution”.

According to Phnom Penh Municipal Court deputy prosecutor Seang Sok, Raiya faces charges relating to incitement to commit a crime and, if found guilty, could spend up to two years in prison.

(25-August-2015 / PPP)

Strike ends at Bavet window factory More than 400 workers from a Chinese-owned window factory in Svay Rieng’s Bavet town returned to work yesterday following two weeks of protests that saw strikers pelt their own factory with rocks.

Toun Saren, an official at the Collective Union of Movement of Workers, said that the workers agreed to return after their case was sent to the Arbitration Council.

“We sent our case to the Arbitration Council on August 17 after negotiations failed, and the Arbitration Council will be hearing the case on Monday next week, so the workers agreed to return to work,” he said

(25-August-2015 / Cambodia Daily)

Activists Launch Smartphone Apps to Protect Women Three free smartphone applications designed by Cambodian women to help reduce gender-based violence in the country were launched by The Asia Foundation on Monday.